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Classic charm bracelet

Truly a classic, this charm bracelet is a must-have for every jewelry box.

Charm bracelets represent “a few of your favorite things,” so pick charms as eclectic and eccentric as you! This items shown are just a suggestion, because charms can come from just about anywhere. Salvage them from broken jewelry or mate-less earrings, or buy clearance or thrift-store jewelry with charms you can remove. You can also make your own charms by drilling found objects and coins.

Classic charm bracelet view 2
So many choices when it comes to charms! In these versions, the dark tones of base metal chain make the perfect palette for colorful enameled charms.


  • 5–6 9–20 mm charms
  • 3–4 6–8 mm round beads
  • 7–8 in. (18–20 cm) chain, 16–17 mm links
  • 7–8 in. (18–20 cm) chain, 13–14 mm links
  • 8–10 2-in. (5 cm) head pins
  • 1–3 14 mm jump rings
  • 6–7 mm jump ring
  • 15–17 mm lobster claw clasp
  • chainnose and roundnose pliers
  • diagonal wire cutters  

Charms in this project from Fire Mountain Gems and Beads, Chain from Michaels, for store locations. Check your local bead store for supplies.


Classic charm bracelet Step 1
1. Decide how long you want your bracelet to be and cut two pieces of chain to that length. On a head pin, string a 6–8 mm round bead. With the largest part of your roundnose pliers, make the first half of a wrapped loop. Make three or four round-bead units.
Classic charm bracelet Step 2
2. About 1 in. (2.5 cm) from the ends of the chains, attach a round-bead unit to a corresponding link on each chain. Complete the wraps. Attach the remaining round-bead units as desired.
Classic charm bracelet Step 3
3. Trim the head from a head pin and string a charm and an optional 14 mm jump ring. Make a set of wraps above the charm as for a top-drilled bead. Make the first half of a wrapped loop. Make five or six charm units.
Classic charm bracelet Step 4
4. Attach the charm units to the large-link chain as desired. Complete the wraps.
Classic charm bracelet Step 5
5. Open a 6–7 mm jump ring and attach an end link of each chain and a lobster claw clasp. Close the jump ring. Attach a 14 mm jump ring to the other end of the chains.
Hang mismatched charms from a bit of leftover chain as in steps 3 and 4 of the bracelet. Or, pick just one theme from your bracelet (perhaps eco-awareness) to make earrings.
Classic charm bracelet matching earrings
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